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Re: Question about HTML abbr and acronym tags

From: Philip Taylor (Webmaster) <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2008 15:06:04 +0000
Message-ID: <4784E2DC.3080502@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: "Jukka K. Korpela" <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
CC: www-html@w3.org

Jukka K. Korpela wrote:

> Your definition for "acronym" does not match the definition in many 
> dictionaries, but at least it's _some_ definition (in contrast with 
> HTML, which does not define it at all).

Does HTML define a paragraph (<P>) ?  The nearest
I can find to a "definition" is the following :

> Authors traditionally divide their thoughts and arguments into
>    sequences of paragraphs.

which is about as vacuous as one can get.  Would you
(Jukka) therefore argue that <P> should be expunged
from HTML, on the basis that HTML fails to properly
define what a paragraph is ?

Any moderately well-educated British person over the
age of forty knows what an acronym is and what an
abbreviation is, having been taught about such things
at school.  And whilst I am perfectly happy to believe
that the meaning may vary in cultures where the concept
exists only in translation, I do not believe that there
would be any significant difference between the meaning
in (say) <Am.E>, <Au.E>, <Br.E>, <Nz.E>, etc.

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